Here’s a few notes from Brock Lesnar’s conference call with audio courtesy of Cagewriter.
– Lesnar slammed the Canadian health care system, comparing it to a “third-world country,” though he later tried to clarify those statements saying he is merely against universal health care and thinks the US has the best doctors and medical facilities in the world. Apparently, the Canadian medical facility Brock was admitted to had the equipment needed to perform tests and treat Brock, but it wasn’t working. He and his wife made the decision to race to the Med CenterOne in Bismark, ND where Dr. Brent Bruderer diagnosed him with diverticulosis and drained 14CC’s of fluid from his stomach. Brock says that doctor saved his career and his life.
Lesnar did in fact visit the Mayo Clinic. They confirmed the previous diagnosis and said Brock would need major surgery which involved removing part of his colon and required him to use a colostomy bag for eight-weeks. A follow-up procedure would have been required to re-attach his colon. This surgery may have ended his athletic career and Brock said he probably would have retired. Brock dropped to 248 lbs. at this point and joked he hadn’t been that light since second grade.
Instead of moving forward with the surgery, Brock returned home, changed his diet, took holistic medications, began working out again and prayed.
“I lost 40 pounds, so I wanted to get my weight back, start eating healthier,” he said. “What got me here was a total protein diet, not enough fiber. I totally changed my diet, got on some natural healing medicine and was just doing a lot of praying.”
“I’m a carnivore, you know? I’m not a big fan of PETA. I’m a member of the NRA and whatever I kill, I eat,” Lesnar said. “For years, I was surviving on meat and potatoes, and when the greens came by, I just kept passing them.”
When Brock returned to the Mayo Clinic, the doctors found absolutely nothing wrong, even describing it to him as a “winning lottery ticket.” He was completely healthy. Brock had a CT scan prior to today’s announcement to make sure he was in fact fully recovered.
Brock is now back up to 273 lbs. and the experience has completely changed his outlook on life.
“Everybody’s got life-changing experiences and this is one of them for me,” he said. “I believe things happen for a reason, and this gave me a different perspective on life and on my family. I’m a young guy – these things aren’t supposed to happen. I consider myself a healthy human being. I’m 32 years old, and for something like this to happen, I definitely had to re-evaluate. When you think you’re doing all the right things and all of a sudden something like this happens, obviously you’re not, so I had to make some changes.”
– Lesnar doesn’t care who he fights next, but is definitely interested in a third fight with “Frank Mir the stalker.”
“I don’t think I beat [Mir] as bad as I could, so for me to get my hands on that stalker again – Frank Mir has made it a mission of his life,” Lesnar said. “Frank Mir the stalker – it’s been a while since I’ve had a stalker, but we’ll take care of that if I ever face him again.”
“I’ll just sit back, I’ll sharpen my skills, and I’ll be prepared for either [Carwin or Mir],” Lesnar said. “If it’s Nogueira, if it’s Velasquez, I know one thing: all them guys are shitting their pants right now.”
Brock also says he feels like his old self again.
“I had a hard time getting out of bed and walking to a bathroom. I’d be out of breath. Ironically, I think (the ordeal) raised my conditioning level. I was really at the bottom of the barrel, and now I’m back in the gym. I’m helping Cole Konrad and Chris Tuchscherer … and I feel great. I feel like my old self again.”
– A date hasn’t been set yet for Brock’s return, but according to Dana White, UFC 114 on Memorial Day weekend in conjunction with the second UFC Fan Expo is a possibility.
“Yeah, it’s a possibility,” White said when asked about Lesnar fighting at the May 29 event in Las Vegas. “In a perfect scenario, (Frank) Mir and (Shane) Carwin fight. One of them wins, comes out healthy, and then we do the Brock fight.”
– Brock has already been back in the gym helping sparring partners and plans to start a mini-camp tomorrow to prepare for his return.
“When my own camp comes out and says things when they’re not authorized to say anything, it pissed me off,” Lesnar said. “Automatically, I want to get rid of those people because they’re the people I trust and for them to go out and speak on my behalf, I was not happy. I am a private guy. I didn’t want to talk to anybody because there was nothing to talk about.”
Does that mean he’s going to fire his head trainer Greg Nelson?